Journal Article

The use of permanent pacemakers in the detection of cardiac arrhythmias

C. J. Plummer, S. Henderson, L. Gardener and J. M. McComb

in EP Europace

Published on behalf of European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Volume 3, issue 3, pages 229-232
Published in print July 2001 | ISSN: 1099-5129
Published online July 2001 | e-ISSN: 1532-2092 | DOI:
The use of permanent pacemakers in the detection of cardiac arrhythmias

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To compare pacemaker telemetry with simultaneous Holter recordings in the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and to evaluate the STOP-AF study telemetry criteria for the presence of atrial fibrillation.

Methods and Results

18 consecutive patients enrolled in the STOP-AF study had simultaneous 24 h Holter recordings and down-loaded pacemaker telemetry. There was good agreement on heart rate, but the STOP-AF pacemaker criteria achieved only 57% sensitivity with 64% specificity for the presence of atrial fibrillation on Holter recording over 24 h. False-positives appeared to result from far-field sensing while false-negatives occurred with very short episodes of atrial fibrillation. The pacemaker's antitachycardia responses were not specific for the presence of atrial fibrillation.


Pacemaker telemetry is a potentially important source of data on cardiac arrhythmias. Further studies are required to define the limitations of these data in specific devices before they can be interpreted with confidence.

Keywords: Pacemaker; atrial fibrillation; Holter monitoring; telemetry

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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